Secretarys Report 2015
2015 has been another exciting year for the club. We have had a very varied calendar of events as well as numerous social activities and an interesting guest speaker at our monthly meetings.
The Annual General Meeting took place on 13th January. I was re-elected as secretary,. Sue Smart stayed as treasurer, Graham Howard & Debbie Emery stayed as Events Organisers.. Ray Berry & Philip Kiss stood down from the committee. Mike Smart and Dean Richardson agreed to remain as committee members. Norman and Janet Foord joined the committee as they were organising the Invicta run.
The season got under way on 1st March with Cliff Boulton organising a memorial run for his son Mark to raise funds for the Willesborough Hospice. This started from the Halfway House Challock. Maps were issued with points on a map with arrows ranging from one to three points. Teams could go which ever way they wanted and get the clues at the arrows. 19 cars attended including cars from Whitecliffs . We finished back at the Halfway House The event was won by Warren & Lisa Johnson, Ros and George Homewood came second and Janice and Chris Leigh came third .Victor and Pam Grigg came last and got the booby prize which were medals. £430 was raised for the hospice.
For the club night on 10th March Janet and Debbie organised a quiz
The club had a good turn out for the club night on 14th April. Although nothing was actually planned for the evening, members were able to catch up with friends to discuss the state of the world and their Mgs.
In April one of our members, Graham Loudon, took part in a successful Guinness Book of Records Challenge at Rockingham Raceway to have the most number of Mgs in a parade with 146. He even has the certificate to prove it!
At the May club night we played silly games such as snakes and ladders, tiddly winks, picking up sticks and a new introduction, blow football. This was won by Mike and Sue, who were presented with suitable small trophies and some sweets.
On Sunday 17th May seven members went the annual Faversham Transport show, which has now been going for 20 years. An early start was required so that we could get a good position in the car park, which meant meeting at 8.00am at Macknade’s car park. Despite the bad forecast the weather was excellent all day.
On Saturday 30th May six cars went to the Canterbury Cathedral open gardens. The classic cars all looked resplendent on the green against the beautiful Cathedral backdrop and we were very lucky with the weather, with sunshine for most of the day.
For the club night on 9th June we were hoping to play boules outside, but as usually seems to happen the weather was not good and we ended up playing indoors!
The first event we attended in June was the Boughton Aluph fete on 13th June. 9 of our cars were on display and the weather was somewhat unsettled, but the rain managed to hold off. The usual barbeque took place at Dean and Wendy’s house after the event, which was excellent as usual. Thank you Wendy & Dean for providing the food and refreshments. As they are thinking of moving house this may be the last one they have.
On Sunday 28th June it was The Herne Bay Car Show. Unfortunately this had to be moved at the last minute from the sea front to Herne Bay Junior School field. This was nowhere near such a good location. Hopefully it will be back on the sea front next year, when the holes that opened up in the High Street have been filled up.
For the July club night we met at a different pub, the Rose and Crown at Stelling Minnis. We had a good turn out with the majority of people partaking of the excellent food on offer.
On 18th July two cars went to the Sheldwich fete, which is in a lovely location on the village green. Some interesting sports were on offer including how many nails can you bang in a piece of wood in 30 seconds and an egg throwing competition, which involved seeing how far you could throw an egg to another person without breaking it. Most amusing!
On Sunday August 2nd we had our main event of the year, The Invicta Run, which started from Macknade Fine Foods car park at Faversham. 48 cars met for the start and we even managed to generate interest from the local press, who took photographs and published articles in the Faversham Times and The Faversham News the following week.
The run started at about 10.00 am and followed a route using tulip diagrams of about 55 miles through mainly minor roads to the finish at Headcorn Airfield. Once there the participants were able to enjoy flying displays, parachute jumping and to visit the free museum. Thanks to Norman & Janet Foord who organised the event and Graham Howard and Wendy Richardson, who obtained plaques and mementos.
On 16th August George Homewood organised his annual Gymkhana and barbeque in his field at Munday Bois. This was well attended despite the somewhat inclement weather.
For the September club night Debbie and Janet organised a beetle drive, which proved to be most entertaining, with the winner, by a small margin, being Josh Croucher. He was awarded a small cup and a medal.
On 27th September Adrian and Pam organised a treasure hunt. 6 cars took part, starting from the Halfway House and followed a route of about 25 miles to the finish for lunch at The Grove Ferry Inn. The weather was excellent and everybody seemed to enjoy it, as well as the meal afterwards. Well done to Adrian and Pam for organising it.
On 11th October Mike and Sue Smart organised the end of season run, which started from the Halfway House. The weather was good with most people having their tops down. 10 cars took part, the route taking the form of a scatter rally, where the cars had to visit the villages of Molash, Petham, Waltham, Stelling Minnis, Rhodes Minnis and Paddlesworth, to pick up clues before reaching the finish at The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel Le Ferne. Cars had to plot their own route using the map provided, the winner being the person with all the clues correct and having travelled the shortest distance. Yours truly should have got an award for the dirtiest car having found the muddiest roads. The winners were Debbie and Graham, who received very smart ‘gold’ medals. The final highlight of the afternoon was the flypast by the only surviving Vulcan bomber on its very last flight. Thank you to Mike and Sue for organising a great day.
At the November meeting we played bingo, which was organised by Sue Smart. One of our new members, Chris Jones, won an earlier round and the final jackpot, making his evening very worthwhile. We always like to encourage new members to come back again! Thanks to Sue for an enjoyable evening.
Our Christmas meal took place on 12th December at the Halfway House at Challock and 17 people attended. The meal was up to the usual standard. Many thanks to the staff at the pub for laying on superb food with all the trimmings. The club also organised a raffle and with help from the pub staff in selling raffle tickets to everyone eating that night, raised an amazing total of £150, which we are sending to the Willesborough Hospice. Prizes were very varied and range from an MGOC clock to a travel rug, biscuits, chocolate and bottles of wine. Thanks to everyone for donating so generously.
Hopefully I have covered all of the events that we took part in throughout 2015. However if I have forgotten anything or anyone, my apologies, because as I get older my memory sometimes fails me.